10 Great Jasmine Shrubs and Vines for Your Landscape

Winter jasmine vines with yellow flowers in sunlight

The Spruce / Evgeniya Vlasova

Jasmines include a group of roughly 200 species from the Jasminum genus, a sizable number of which are cultivated for ornamental landscape use. The group includes many flowering shrubs and vines, both deciduous and evergreen. The main appeal of the jasmines is their glossy green leaves and fragrant white or yellow flowers. The Jasminum genus falls within the Oleaceae family, which also includes olives, as well as plants such as border forsythia (Forsythia x intermedia), common lilac (Syringa vulgaris), and fringe tree (Chionanthus virginicus).

The name jasmine is sometimes used in common names for other plants that are not actually true jasmines. A notable example is the star jasmine (Trachelospermum jasminoides), usually known as star jasmine or confederate jasmine, which is actually a relative of oleander. 


The plant commonly known as false jasmine, yellow jasmine, or evening trumpet flower (Gelsemium sempervirens) is a common garden specimen that is notably toxic. True jasmines (Jasminus spp.) are non-toxic plants.

Here are ten popular jasmine shrubs and vines you might want to try in your landscape.

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    Angel Wing Jasmine (Jasminum nitidum)

    Angel wing jasmine


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    Angel wing jasmine is an attractive, spreading, vine-like groundcover with a shrubby habit. It produces abundant large, fragrant, white flowers with purple undersides. It is best used as a flowering evergreen spilling out of containers or as a filler that spreads and fills space between shrubs. Another common name for angel wing jasmine is shining jasmine.

    • Native area: Papua New Guinea's Admiralty Islands; has naturalized in Florida
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11; sometimes successful in zone 9
    • Height: As vine, 10 feet or more; as a shrub, two to four feet with pruning
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Common Jasmine (Jasminum officinale)

    Jasminum officinale, Common Jasmine, fragrant
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    Common jasmine is a large deciduous or semi-evergreen vining shrub that has a graceful look and a very appealing sweet scent. Beginning in late spring or early summer and lasting through fall, it produces large clusters of three to five white flowers. In northern climates, common jasmine is sometimes grown in pots and brought indoors for the winter. Other common names for common jasmine include poet's jasmine or true jasmine.

    • Native Area: Asia Minor, Himalayas, China
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 10; zone 6 with protection
    • Height: 20 to 30 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Italian Jasmine (Chrysojasminum humile)

    Spring, yellow jasmine closeup photo
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    Also known as yellow jasmine, the Italian jasmine is a favorite shrub of gardeners in warmer climates because they are easy to care for and require little attention. Italian jasmine has glossy green leaves, fragrant buttercup-yellow flowers, and shiny black berries.

    • Native Area: Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 9
    • Height: Up to 7 feet tall
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Pink Jasmine (Jasminum polyanthum)

    Pink Jasmine Springtime Blossoming
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    Pink jasmine is a fast-growing evergreen vine grown for its prolific display of very fragrant pinkish-white flowers, which are about one inch in diameter. It is best used as a climber over trellises or arbors, as a ground cover, or in containers. Pink jasmine is not a clinging vine; it needs to be manually secured to a trellis or other structure.

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: Up to 20 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Primrose Jasmine (Jasminum mesnyi)

    Jasminum mesnyi


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    Although somewhat unusual in the U.S., this plant really should be used more. The shrub produces one- to two-inch yellow flowers that are larger than those found on most jasmine varieties—the flowers bloom in early spring and last for a few weeks. This large shrub has an open, sprawling growth habit and is quite tolerant of drought. It is sometimes known as Japanese jasmine or Chinese jasmine. This plant can get overly brushy if not pruned back frequently.

    • Native area: Southern China, Vietnam; has naturalized in Central America and the southern U.S.
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 10
    • Height: 8 to 10 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Royal Jasmine (Jasminum nobile or Jasminum rex)

    Royal jasmine


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    This is a smaller variety of climbing jasmine for warm climates that produces sweet-smelling pure-white flowers nearly all year long. It is excellent for covering fences and trellises or for training around topiary forms. This is a fast-growing evergreen form that can quickly cover a small structure.

    • Native Area: Thailand
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 10 to 11
    • Height: Up to 9 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Arabian Jasmine (Jasminum sambac)

    Jasminum sambac

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    Arabian jasmine, sometimes known as Sacred jasmine or Asian jasmine, is an evergreen shrub that is often trained to climb a trellis. In landscape use, it is usually planted in containers that can be brought indoors in cool weather. This is the national flower of the Philippines. It has a vine-like, climbing nature but is still fairly thick and shrubby. The typical sweet jasmine scent is produced by pure white, star-shaped flowers that each are only one inch wide and bloom periodically throughout the year in native climates. Jasmine tea is made from the flowers of this species.

    • Native Area: India and Southeast Asia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 9 to 11
    • Height: 10 to 25 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Stiff Jasmine (Jasminum volubile)

    Stiff jasmine

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    Stiff jasmine, sometimes known as Australian wax jasmine, is a twining or sprawling vine with glossy evergreen leaves. It can be trained onto a trellis or other support or pruned into a hedge. This plant is sometimes categorized as Jasminum simplicifolium subsp. australiense.

    • Native Area: Australia
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 8 to 11
    • Height: 2 to 5 feet tall as a shrub
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Winter Jasmine (Jasminum nudiflorum)

    Winter jasmine with yellow flowers closeup

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    Winter jasmine is a medium-sized deciduous shrub with long arching branches. Bright yellow one-inch flowers appear in early spring. It works well as a ground-cover on slopes or to cover retaining walls. 

    • Native Area: China
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 6 to 10
    • Height: 10 to 15 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade
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    Wild Jasmine (Chrysojasminum fruticans)

    Jasminum fruticans

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    The wild jasmine (Chrysojasminum fruticans) is sometimes categorized as Jasminum odoratissimum. This small evergreen shrub (or semi-evergreen in cooler climates) produces clusters of deep yellow blooms from spring to early fall. It makes a great low evergreen groundcover or hedge, or it can be used to cascade over a fence or wall. It grows relatively slowly and is resistant to drought and pests.

    Another common name for wild jasmine is common yellow jasmine.

    • Native Area: Southern Europe
    • USDA Hardiness Zones: 7 to 11
    • Height: 3 to 6 feet
    • Sun Exposure: Full sun to shade

The various Jasmine species are excellent for providing beautiful flowers and delightful fragrance where a climbing plant is needed to dress up a trellis, arbor, or fence. They are an ideal choice in warmer climates (zones 6 and warmer). If you live in a colder climate (north of zone 6), a good climbing plant that also offers both attractive flowers and beautiful fragrance is the honeysuckle (Lonicera spp.).


All jasmines will do best when grown in in warm, sheltered locations. While they all have good tolerance for shady locations, you can expect flowering to be slightly less profuse when they are growing in shade.

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